Notes from Long Run #1+ First Week at Equitas!

It’s been a while since I’ve run more than 13.1 miles. Today I ran 15 miles, my first Boston training long run. Shout out to Brittany for providing me with the B.A.A. training plan! She is such a strong runner, I hope to learn a lot from her. Runners always tell you not to do anything new on race day. They’re right, but in order to know what to do on race day, you need a strong understanding of what works for you. Little tweeks in your routine can make a difference over 26.2 miles. I have a solid pre-race eating plan, but during this training season I really want to solidify my entire routine, rather than leaving it up to chance.

Over the years I’ve discovered thick socks make my feet sweat. I learned that in the first few miles of the LA Marathon in 2008. I got excited at the expo and bought new tech socks rather than sticking to the cheapos I’d been running with. It sucks to think about your sweaty gross feet the entire marathon. Although my feet were the least of my issues during that race.  Gatorade also apparently makes me throw up. A lot. I though that if I trained on water and raced with gatorade I would magically be faster on race day. Not so much. The truth is the marathon isn’t terribly exciting as far as race times go. You kinda have to stick to a range. You’re never going to expect a 3:45 and magically run a 3:15 because you took a few swigs of gatorade. I’ve also learned fueling with sugar only makes me gag after the race. Because I am not a crazy marathoner and don’t run them very often, I still don’t have a solid plan that works for me.  Below you’ll find my first attempt to be diligent about my long run strategy.

Friday Dinner: Orzo with Marinara and Goat Cheese, 1 Golden Monkey (snobby beer), Zingerman’s Chocolate Marshmallows.

Friday Sleep: 8 Hours. Slept like a rock.

Saturday Breakfast: 1/2 a peanut butter and jelly sandwich while I was driving. Half a glass of water, no coffee.

Long Run Fuel: A swedish fish and pretzels around mile 5 and 10. I didn’t really fuel much. Felt fine but I need to be better about practicing my fuel plan regardless so I get into a routine and know what won’t hurt my stomach.

Long Run Hydration: Water fountains and bought a bottle of water on San Vicente & 26th. I want to try sipping nuun. (Or sipping in general. Had a little slooshing for about ten minutes after the water bottle.)

Long Run Outfit: Lululemon shorts, lululemon long sleeve, target sports bra, lululemon socks, headband. I promise I don’t only wear lulu.

Post-Run Snack: The other 1/2 of the PB&J on my drive home. I tend to not crave food right after, but I want to be better about eating right away in hopes that it helps recovery and keeps me strong.

How Did It Feel: I felt good! No stomach issues. No sudden bathroom breaks. I had fun with Lauren and Ellen. My legs felt a little tired around 13 miles, which makes sense. I stretched a little before jumping in the car to drive home. When I got out of the car walking up the stairs to my apartment my hamstrings felt a little tight so I foam rolled and stretched them out a bit. A little bit of chaffing from the sports bra, which doesn’t usually happen.

Other Notes: I love running with friends! We need to bring our yoga mats and stretch out after long runs. Today Ellen had to rush to work, but next week for sure. I’m excited to get back into training. Was feeling a little blah about training, but today made me feel more positive.

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Great running weather!

In other news…

I finished my first week at Equitas. I am so impressed with the program and so excited to be opening the second elementary school in the fall. I spent the week observing, sitting in on meetings, and researching instructional programs and models. I’m really trying to understand what makes Equitas Academy different so that I can replicate it at Equitas Elementary #2. Here is where I am at right now.

1. The staff pays attention to even the tinniest details. For example, a designated teacher has the role of monitoring the bathroom line during snack and there is tape right outside the door where the students are to wait. While waiting for their turn she has them practice math flashcards and gives them high fives for their correct answers. Another example, on Friday at 5:30 PM the School Culture Coordinator was still at school updating her bulletin board with new award winners from that morning’s assembly. She wanted them to be recognized and see their photos Monday when they return from the weekend.

2. Commitment to excellence from ALL staff. Teachers don’t show up late. Lessons are fun and engaging. Operations and logistics make the school run like a well-oiled machine and makes it seamless across classrooms. Everyone is also constantly asking for feedback on how to get better. Nobody complains about meetings or professional development. People participate enthusiastically.

3. Pride in the success of the school vs. individual classroom goals. During our Friday professional development meeting we studied reading level data and MAP data. Goals were not set for classrooms, rather for grade-levels and the entire school. There was no “My class is doing better than yours.” Everyone was sharing ideas on how to help the school as a whole.

4. Humble leadership. This kinda goes along with my third point. There isn’t that feel of “I want to be the rockstar teacher.” There is no competition to be the best or be the most engaging. This is true for network leadership and teachers. It’s really about creating a great school for our families and our community, not about being individually great. That’s not what education is about. I think the entire school is incredibly humble. They’re aren’t out bragging about how incredible their program is. Parents know, the results speak for themselves, and that’s why they don’t have to recruit students and currently have a waitlist of 1000.

I absolutely adored working with the elementary kids after 8 years with middle schoolers. As much as I love middle schoolers, I’m definitely an elementary school person. I can’t wait to hire teachers and have a team!

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I ate the marshmallow on Friday night.

A bunch of us went to Perch in Downtown for Happy Hour on Thursday. Check out the picture Alaina took from the rooftop restaurant!

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I’m almost done with Rafe Equith’s There Are No Shortcuts. That man has GRIT and has made incredible gains over the years with his students. I’m taking it with a grain of salt though. As committed as I am to my students and their success, I think balance is important so that I can be my best self for my students. Nobody needs a tired, cranky, overworked Mrs. Lowry. I’ve been sticking with my 30 minutes of reading and podcasting on the way to work.

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